Missing teeth can cause many problems for the people who experience them. In addition to causing embarrassment, they can also lead to bone loss in the affected area. When you have a missing tooth, the area where the tooth once existed no longer has pressure applied. This, along with having nothing for your jawbone to grasp, can eventually lead to a loss of bone mass in the area. If you are missing consecutive teeth, this bone loss can even lead to facial deformity, as the mouth area collapses in around the area of jaw bone loss.
In the past, the only treatment choice available for those missing their natural teeth was to be fitted for dentures or a bridge. While dentures can be effective, many patients are unsatisfied with them and do not find them to be an adequate replacement for their natural teeth. If you have found yourself in this situation, dental implants may be able to help.
Dental implants have helped millions of people regain their smiles and self-confidence. They look and feel no different than your own healthy, natural teeth. Dental implants are the next best thing to having natural teeth and can help your regain both functionality and appearance.
First, we make an impression of your teeth to determine how exactly to construct the implant. The dental implant process involves the placement of a titanium post into your jaw. Once this post is implanted, it bonds to your jawbone. We then affix an abutment over this post, which helps anchor a crown or prosthetic tooth. Most of these prosthetic teeth are formed from porcelain. The actual titanium post is itself the implant, but all of the components are referred to as “dental implants”.
If you receive a dental implant, you will notice that it functions no differently than your original tooth. Dental implants, as opposed to bridgework or dentures, help stimulate your jaw to foster bone growth, since the jawbone will bond with your implant.
Dental Implant Benefits
Besides promoting bone growth, patients opting for dental implants will never need to be concerned about their replacement teeth sliding or slipping. Also, since dental implants are fixed permanently to your jaw, you will never need to be worried that they require removal for cleaning. There is also no risk of breaking or dropping dental implants, and they may be cleaned just as your clean your own natural teeth.
It is important that you maintain a good oral health routine. Continue dentist visits for checkups, brush and floss your teeth, and get regular cleanings.
Of course, your dental implants are still vulnerable to anything that could damage a natural tooth. They may be damaged if you bite or grind your teeth or experience trauma to the mouth area. Dental implants, however, are quite strong and can withstand almost anything.
With proper care, your dental implants should last many years. You can talk, smile, and eat with confidence knowing that no one will ever know you have replacement teeth. Dedicated Dentistry offers dental implants for patients with missing teeth. Contact our office in Greenville, SC to schedule your consultation.